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Dividends Are Losing Their Allure

Investors have long looked to dividend stocks as a means to generating investment income.  For decades this has been an effective strategy to increase cash from investing. However, in today’s market investors are more uncomfortable on how to identify new income opportunities.  They should consider allocating a portion of their portfolio to selling options for premium income.  The returns can be as high as 5% or more in a single month using the stock breakout strategy.

In a recent article published in the Wall Street Journal, “Dividends are losing their allure due to rising rates”, there is a case that yields are too low in today’s market. Here is an excerpt:

A heated stock market rally combined with a sharp climb in benchmark interest rates this year is eroding the relative value of companies that pay out chunky dividends to their shareholders.

Low interest rates over the past few years have boosted the attractiveness of high-dividend stocks that offer up income at a time when bond investors were earning next to nothing. For some sectors, that was a key reason to invest. But recently that’s reversed.

As the S&P 500 has climbed, the share of investment gains coming from collecting those dividends has been falling. The S&P 500′s so-called dividend yield over the last 12 months was at 1.73% Tuesday, its lowest since 2011. 

Let’s exam what a 1.73% yield means to an investor.  This means an investor will earn 0.4325% each quarter or 0.144% each month.  Based on having $10,000, an investor would earn $173 per year or $14 per month. What can one do with $14 per month or $144 if you invest $100,000? Not MUCH!

For investors seeking monthly income, there is a better way to create cash with your investment portfolio.  At Get Rich Investments, we have produced returns of 5% or more in a month which is an annualized return of 60%.  You may ask if this is a risky investment to achieve such a great return.  While all investments have some level of risk, this investment rewards the investor with a significantly higher return.

We achieve these returns by selling PUT options (cash-secured) or CSPs on stocks trending higher due to stock breakouts.  By selecting stocks with upward movement, it decreases the risk in the investment. This is the secret sauce to high returns using option selling strategies. When the stock moves higher, investors can exit the trade to lock in profits. Then, compound their capital weekly or monthly. This is how investors can create a monthly income far greater than dividend stocks without the risk of chasing penny stocks.

Here are some recent trades producing high returns for monthly income:

We have a fast winner in $FINL as the stock had a big pop today – up over 12%. I suggest investors to buy-to-close this trade at ~$0.20 per option or less.  This gives us a nice 9% profit in 4 days or over 800% on an annualized return!

We have a another winner in $BEAT as the stock has moved higher to $31.75. I suggest investors to buy-to-close the 29 PUT trade at ~$0.20 per option or less.  This gives us a nice 3% profit in 5 days or over 200% on an annualized return!  There will be more trades moving into next week after the holiday.

The market was in a blast mode last month as it ran to record highs again. We had all winners this month with max income trades. And how about the monthly returns on the PUT trades – 4.8% on ARRY; 8.8% on TLRD; 9.6% on NL; and 8.7% on MDXG!!! This is a yearly return on some buy and hold stock investments in a monthly trade for us. We will look for more stock breakouts for PUT trades in our next newsletter.

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Magic! It’s a 50% Dividend Distribution Policy

Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. (NASDAQ: MGIC), a global provider of software platforms for enterprise mobility, cloud applications, and business integration, announced today that on September  4, 2012, the Company’s Board of Directors decided to adopt a policy for distributing dividends, subject to any applicable law.

According to this policy, each year the Company will distribute a dividend of up to 50% of its annual distributable profits. It is possible that the Board of Directors will decide, subject to the conditions stated above, to declare additional dividend distributions.

Guy Bernstein, CEO of Magic, states that, “After five years of sequential growth, during which the company has surpassed $100M in sales while demonstrating significant income and cash growth, we have decided to implement a divided policy that considers the company’s long term activity and its relationship with shareholders. Magic will continue to implement its growth strategy for years to come in order to create greater value for its shareholders.”

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, total revenues were $58.1 million, with net income of $7.8 million, or $0.21 per fully diluted share. This compares with revenues of $52.9 million and net income of $6.7 million, or $0.18 per fully diluted share, for the same period last year.

For the second quarter ended June 30, 2012, total revenues were $28.0 million, with net income of $3.6 million, or $0.1 per fully diluted share. This compares with revenues of $27.4 million and net income of $3.5 million, or $0.1 per fully diluted share for the same period last year.

Magic Software is projected to have $0.47 in EPS in 2012.  Assuming 50% is payable to shareholders, the dividend would be $0.235 per share.  Based on the current stock price, this will be a dividend yield of 5.03%.

Magic Software has an equity summary score of 9.3 out of 10 for a VERY bullish outlook.  Magic Software has a 12-month price target of $5.30.

10 High Yield Energy Companies Increasing Their Dividends

As earnings season takes focus on the stock market, many energy companies are increasing their dividends.  While some of these energy plays are Bullish and others are Bearish, they are all playing the dividend growth game with investors.  Here are 10 energy stocks increasing their payouts in the past week.

El Paso Pipeline Partners, L.P. (EPB) increased its quarterly cash distribution per common unit to $0.55 ($2.20 annualized) payable on Aug. 14, 2012, to unitholders of record as of July 31, 2012. This represents a 15 percent increase over the second quarter 2011 cash distribution per unit of $0.48 ($1.92 annualized) and an 8 percent increase from $0.51 per unit ($2.04 annualized) for the first quarter of 2012. EPB has increased its cash distribution 17 consecutive quarters since its initial public offering in November 2007.

Bottom line: EPB has a current dividend yield of 6.23%.  It has an equity summary score of 7.8 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.

Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (EPD) announced that the board of directors of its general partner declared an increase in the quarterly cash distribution rate paid to partners to $0.6350 per common unit, or $2.54 per unit on an annualized basis.  The quarterly distribution will be paid on Wednesday, August 8, 2012, to unitholders of record as of close of business on Tuesday, July 31, 2012. This distribution rate, which represents a 5 percent increase over the $0.6050 per unit distribution rate declared with respect to the second quarter of 2011, is the 41st distribution increase since Enterprise’s initial public offering in 1998 and the 32nd consecutive quarterly increase.

Bottom line: EPD has a current dividend yield of 4.65%.  It has an equity summary score of 7.1 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. (KMP) ) today increased its quarterly cash distribution per common unit to $1.23 ($4.92 annualized) payable on Aug. 14, 2012, to unitholders of record as of July 31, 2012. This represents a 7 percent increase over the second quarter 2011 cash distribution per unit of $1.15 ($4.60 annualized) and is up from $1.20 per unit ($4.80 annualized) for the first quarter of 2012. KMP has increased the distribution 44 times since current management took over in February 1997.

Bottom line: KMP has a current dividend yield of 5.75%.  It has an equity summary score of 6.3 out of 10 for a Neutral outlook.

Western Gas Partners, LP (WES) announced that the board of directors of its general partner has declared a cash distribution of $0.48 per unit for the second quarter of 2012, representing a 4-percent increase over the prior quarter and a 19-percent increase over the second quarter of 2011. The distribution is payable on August 13, 2012, to unitholders of record at the close of business on July 31, 2012.

Bottom line: WES has a current dividend yield of 4.22%.  It has an equity summary score of 6.0 out of 10 for a Neutral outlook.

Targa Resources Partners LP (NGLS) announced today that the board of directors of its general partner has declared a quarterly cash distribution of 64.25¢ per common unit, or $2.57 per common unit on an annualized basis, for the second quarter 2012. The approved distribution represents an increase of approximately 3% over the previous quarter’s distribution and 13% over the distribution for the second quarter 2011. This cash distribution will be paid August 14, 2012 on all outstanding common units to holders of record as of the close of business on July 23, 2012.

Bottom line: NGLS has a current dividend yield of 6.76%.  It has an equity summary score of 5.4 out of 10 for a Neutral outlook.

Williams Company (WMB) also revised its outlook for FY13 downward, projecting EPS of $1.38, down from the prior guidance of $1.55, and below the consensus of $1.60.   WMB continues to expect to pay a full-year 2012 shareholder dividend of $1.20 per share, a 55% increase over 2011. The company confirmed it expects the full-year dividend it pays shareholders in each 2013 and 2014 to increase by 20% to $1.44 and $1.75 per share, respectively.

Bottom line: WMB has a current dividend yield of 3.99%.  It has an equity summary score of 4.8 out of 10 for a Neutral outlook.

Targa Resources Corp. (TRGP) announced today that its board of directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of 39.375¢ per share, or $1.575 per common share on an annualized basis, for the second quarter 2012. The approved dividend represents increases of approximately 8% over the previous quarter’s dividend and 36% over the dividend for the second quarter 2011. This cash dividend will be paid August 15, 2012 on all outstanding common shares to holders of record as of the close of business on July 23, 2012.

Bottom line: TRGP has a current dividend yield of 3.51%.  It has an equity summary score of 3.6 out of 10 for a Neutral outlook.

Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI) reported second quarter cash available to pay dividends of $307 million, up 83 percent from $168 million for the comparable 2011 period. Through the first six months, KMI reported cash available to pay dividends of $610 million, 40 percent higher than $435 million for the first half of 2011. KMI is expected to finish the year significantly ahead of its published annual budget due to its recent acquisition of El Paso Corporation.  The board of directors increased the quarterly cash dividend to $0.35 per share ($1.40 annualized), which is payable on Aug.15, 2012, to shareholders of record as of July 31, 2012. This represents a 17 percent increase over the second quarter 2011 cash distribution per unit of $0.30 ($1.20 annualized) and is up 9 percent from the first quarter 2012 dividend of $0.32 ($1.28 annualized) per share.

Bottom line: KMI has a current dividend yield of 4.0%.  It has an equity summary score of 2.0 out of 10 for a Bearish outlook.

Williams Partners L.P. (WPZ) announced that the regular quarterly cash distribution its unitholders receive has been increased to $0.7925 per unit.  The board of directors of the partnership’s general partner has approved the quarterly cash distribution, which is payable on Aug. 10, 2012, to unitholders of record at the close of business on Aug. 3.  The new per-unit amount is an 8.2-percent increase over the partnership’s distribution of$0.7325 per unit that was paid in August 2011. It is also a 2-percent increase over the partnership’s first-quarter 2012 distribution of $0.7775 per unit.

Bottom line: WPZ has a current dividend yield of 5.63%.  It has an equity summary score of 2.0 out of 10 for a Bearish outlook.

Spectra Energy Partners, LP (SEP) announced that the board of directors of its general partner declared a quarterly cash distribution to unitholders of $0.485 per unit, an increase of one-half cent over the previous level of $0.48per unit. This is the 19th consecutive quarter that Spectra Energy Partners has increased its quarterly cash distribution. The cash distribution is payable on August 14, 2012, to unitholders of record at the close of business on August 3, 2012. This quarterly cash distribution equates to $1.94 per unit on an annual basis.

Bottom line: SEP has a current dividend yield of 6.01%.  It has an equity summary score of 1.5 out of 10 for a Bearish outlook.

This Stock Increased its Dividend 75% with a 13.2% Dividend Yield

Ellington Financial LLC (EFC) is a finance company that engages in acquiring and managing mortgage-related assets, including residential mortgage backed securities, prime jumbo, Alternative A-paper and subprime residential mortgage loans. The Company’s targeted assets also include mortgage-related derivatives, corporate debt and equity securities and derivatives.

On May 7, 2012, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a first quarter 2012 dividend of $0.70 per share (75% increase), payable on June 15, 2012 to shareholders of record on June 1, 2012. The Company’s management also announced that, subject to the ultimate discretion of the Board of Directors, it expected to continue to recommend dividends of $0.70 per common share until conditions warrant otherwise. In addition, at the end of any year the Board of Directors will take into account the Company’s earnings and other factors and will consider whether to declare a special dividend.

During the quarter ended March 31, 2012, the Company paid a dividend for the fourth quarter of 2011 in the amount of $0.40 per share. Dividends paid related to 2011 totaled $1.60per share.

EFC will have a dividend yield of 13.2% based on the $0.70 quarterly dividend.  EFC has an equity summary score of 8.1 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.  EFC has recently been upgraded by Zacks Investment, Thomson Reuters/Verus, Columbine Capital and Ativo Research.

For the first quarter of 2012, the Company recognized net income of $32.1 million, or $1.90 per diluted share. This compares to net income of $1.7 million, or $0.10 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2011. The Company’s reported results reflected strong performance from both of its strategies—non-Agency MBS, including CMBS, as well as Agency RMBS.

On August 4, 2011, the Company’s Board of Directors approved the adoption of a $10 million share repurchase program. The program, which is open-ended in duration, allows the Company to make repurchases from time to time on the open market or in negotiated transactions. Repurchases are at the Company’s discretion, subject to applicable law, share availability, price and the Company’s financial performance, among other considerations. To date, the Company has repurchased 60,980 shares under this program at an aggregate cost of $1.1 million, or an average cost per share of $17.22. No additional shares were purchased during the quarter ended March 31, 2012.

Stocks Increasing Quarterly Dividends

Here is the latest list of companies increasing their quarterly dividends that are rated as bullish or better by a consensus group of analysts through the equity summary score.

AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. (AFSI) announced that its Board of Directors approved an 11.1% increase in the common stock quarterly cash dividend, raising it from $0.09 to $0.10 per share of common stock. The dividend will be payable on July 16, 2012 to shareholders of record as of July 2, 2012. AFSI has a dividend yield of 1.43%.  AFSI has an equity summary score of 9.7 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish outlook.

VSE Corporation (VSEC) reported that the Company’s Board of Directors has declared a quarterly dividend of $0.08 per share, increasing the cash dividend by 14% for an annual payout rate $0.32 per share. The dividend will be paid on August 8, 2012, to stockholders of record as of July 25, 2012.  VSE has paid cash dividends since 1973 and has increased its dividend each year since 2004.  VSEC has a dividend yield of 1.36%.  VSE has an equity summary score of 9.2 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish outlook.

Cardinal Health (CAH) announced that its board of directors has approved a 10.5 percent increase in the company’s quarterly dividend to $0.2375 per share, or $0.95 per share on an annualized basis.  The regular dividend is payable on July 15 to shareholders of record on July 1. Cardinal Health has paid a $0.215 per share quarterly dividend since July 15, 2011. This is the 111th consecutive regular quarterly dividend.  CAH has a dividend yield of 2.21%.  CAH has an equity summary score of 9.3 out of 10 for a VERY Bullish outlook.

The Board of Directors of Chesapeake Utilities Corporation (CPK) declared a quarterly cash dividend of$0.365 per share on the Company’s common stock. The Board’s action raises the annualized dividend eight cents per share from $1.38 to $1.46 per share, equating to a 5.8% increase over the prior year.  The $0.365 per share dividend will be paid July 5, 2012 to all shareholders of record at the close of business on June 15, 2012.  CPK has a dividend yield of 3.49%.  CPK has an equity summary score of 7.9 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.

PepsiCo Inc. (PEP) announced that it’ll increase its annual dividend by 4% to $2.15 a share, from $2.06 a share. Shareholders of record as of June 1 will be issued a quarterly payment of 53.8 cents as share on June 29. It’s the 40th consecutive annual dividend increase for the Purchase, N.Y., drinks and snack maker.  PEP has a dividend yield of 3.23%.  PEP has an equity summary score of 7.7 out of 10 for a Bullish outlook.

Monthly Dividend Stocks Beating the S&P 500

Comparison of monthly dividend stocks and ETFs to the S&P 500

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While dividend income is the hot item these days as the yield on fixed income investments is lower than income investors are seeking.  However, you do not want to give up some total return just to lock in a dividend.  The yield on the S&P 500 is only 2% and the price return has been 1% over the last year.  This creates a total return of 3% on the S&P 500. You should use this as the baseline for your income investments.  You can easily find monthly dividend stocks and ETFs that can beat the S&P 500 to make you even more money than just the monthly dividend.

Here are three monthly dividend stocks that have beaten the S&P 500 over the past year: (1) CRT, (2) MAIN and (3) UTG. The chart above shows the stock price returns compared to the S&P 500 over the past year.

Cross Timber Royalty Trust (CRT) is currently trading at $46.50. It has a 1-year price return of 24.05% compared to 1% for the S&P 500. CRT has a current dividend yield of 6.43% paid as a monthly dividend. CRT has a total return (1-year price return and dividend yield) of 30.48%. This is 8 times more profitable than the S&P 500. This is clear evidence that monthly dividend stocks can provide significant income investment returns beating the S&P 500.

CRT Company Profile: Cross Timbers Royalty Trust (Trust) is an express trust. The Trust is a widely held fixed investment trust (WHFIT). The Company entered into Cross Timbers Royalty Trust Indenture between predecessors of XTO Energy Inc. (XTO Energy), as grantors, and NCNB Texas National Bank, as trustee. As of December 31, 2010, Bank of America, N.A. is the trustee of the trust. Approximately 20 of the underlying royalty interests in the San Juan Basin burden working interests in properties operated by XTO Energy. XTO Energy also operates the Penwell Unit, which is the properties underlying the Texas 75% net profits interests and ExxonMobil operates the Hewitt Unit, which is the properties underlying the Oklahoma 75% net profits interests. Other than these properties, XTO Energy and ExxonMobil do not operate or control any of the underlying properties or related working interests.

Main Street Capital (MAIN) is currently trading at $17.50. MAIN has a 1-year price return of 13.77% compared to 1% for the S&P 500. MAIN has a current dividend yield of 8.64% paid as a monthly dividend. MAIN has a total return (1-year price return and dividend yield) of 22.41%. This is 7.5 times more profitable than the S&P 500. Again, this is another monthly dividend stock significantly beating the S&P 500.

MAIN Company Profile: Main Street Capital Corporation (MSCC) is a principal investment firm focused on providing customized financing solutions to lower middle-market companies with annual revenues between $10 million and $100 million. The Company was formed for the purpose of acquiring 100% of the equity interests of Main Street Mezzanine Fund, LP (MSMF) and its general partner, Main Street Mezzanine Management, LLC (MSMF GP); acquiring 100% of the equity interests of Main Street Capital Partners, LLC (the Investment Manager); raising capital in an initial public offering (IPO), which was completed in October 2007, and thereafter operating as an internally managed business development company (BDC). MSMF is licensed as a Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) by the United States Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Investment Manager acts as MSMF’s manager and investment adviser. The Company invests primarily in secured debt instruments, equity investments, warrants and other securities.

Reaves Utility Income Fund (UTG) is currently trading at $25.08. UTG has a 1-year price return of 14.09% compared to 1% for the S&P 500. UTG has a current dividend yield of 6.0% paid as a monthly dividend. UTG has a total return (1-year price return and dividend yield) of 20.09%. This is 6.7 times more profitable than the S&P 500. Again, this is another monthly dividend stock significantly beating the S&P 500.

UTG Company Profile: Reaves Utility Income Fund (the Fund) is a non-diversified closed-end investment Company. The Find’s investment objective is to provide a high level of after-tax income and total return consisting primarily of tax-advantaged dividend income and capital appreciation. The Fund may invest a portion of its assets in foreign securities. In the event that the Fund executes a foreign security transaction, the Fund will enter into a forward foreign currency contract to settle the foreign security transaction. It focuses to invest at least 80% of its total assets in dividend-paying common and preferred stocks and debt instruments of companies within the utility industry. The remaining 20% of its assets may be invested in other securities, including stocks, money market instruments and debt instruments, as well as certain derivative instruments in the utility industry or other industries.

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